Lives of the fellows

Gladstone Rule Osborn

b.21 November 1903 d.27 March 1983
MB BS Melb(1927) MRCP(1959) FRCPath(1964) FRCP(1967)

Gladstone Osborn, formerly director of pathology at Derby Royal Infirmary, was born in Launceston, Tasmania, the son of Andrew Rule Osborn MA ThD, a Presbyterian minister, and his wife Annie Delbridge, daughter of a mining engineer. He was educated at Wesley College, Melbourne, and the University of Melbourne, graduating with honours in medicine in 1927, and winning the Mollison prize in forensic medicine.

He married Thelma Mavis, daughter of James Jamieson, an accountant, in 1929. They had four children: three sons and a daughter.

After house appointments from 1927 to 1929 at Melbourne Hospital, he was appointed pathologist to the Commonwealth Health Laboratories in 1930. In 1935 he moved to New York as surgical pathologist to the Presbyterian Hospital, and in 1936 he came to Derby to take up an appointment as pathologist in charge to the Derby Group of hospitals. He was also appointed honorary lecturer in pathology to Sheffield University. He was a member of the Home Office committee on death certification and coroners set up in 1965.

Osborn wrote several papers and books, including Applied cytology (1953); Pathology of the lung in stillbirth and neonatal death (1953); The incubation period of coronary thrombosis (1963), and Current concepts of coronary disease (1964).

He had many interests outside medicine, being an enthusiastic photographer and gardener. He also enjoyed drawing, and exercised his Dalmatian dog by riding a bicycle when he took the dog for ‘a walk’. He was an all round sportsman, rowing and playing cricket in his early days, and later playing tennis for the first division of the Derby League. He was also a member of the Derby Scientific Club. In his latter years he developed an interest in Cornish archaeology, together with his wife and his friend RA Willis FRCP (q.v.).

He died in Australia.

Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
Valérie Luniewska

(Volume VII, page 440)

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